I am very, very excited to announce that I’ve been chosen for the Berton House residency next year!
And you’re reading this and you’re like, “What is that?”
The Berton House is in Dawson City, Yukon. It was Pierre Berton’s childhood home, and now it’s a retreat run by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Four writers are chosen every year to spend three months in the Yukon, to work on their writing projects and experience Pierre Berton’s north.
And I’m one of them!
I’ll be heading north next year, from January to April, to write a middle-grade novel about a night at the aquarium gone wrong. I’ll be experiencing long, dark nights and the north at what I think of as its northiest. And I’m going to try dog-sledding, and photographing northern lights and snowshoeing in the twilight… it’s going to be magical.
As long as I can find a coat that’s warm enough.